8.5-7.2011: What To Watch – Theater Edition

Oh, evolution.  You are a tricky subject.  Think back to high school biology and learning about our, as in homo sapiens, humans, people, relationship to apes and other primates.  It’s amazing how similar and different we are to them.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes will have us remembering that chapter in our teenage life and have you thinking what if the tables were turned.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes  Starring James Franco (Your Highness), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), John Lithgow (TV’s Dexter), Brian Cox (Red), Tom Felton (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) and Andy Serkis (2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey).  Written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (both of The Relic).  Directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist).

A true origin story rising from Pierre Boulle’s novel, La planete des singes, and the 60’s-70’s movies and television shows, Rise of the Planet of the Apes will launch the series into present day but on it own two primate feet.  It will try to do what Tim Burton’s 2001 Planet of the Apes was unable to do, reboot the Apes.  The purpose of this reboot is to create a new story without forgetting elements of the originals especially Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and to satisfy an established Apes fan base all while attracting a new fan base.  Director Wyatt with writers/producers Jaffa and Silver set the movie as a prequel to the 1968 Planet of the Apes, and planted hints throughout the movie and questions at the ending to allude to sequels.  Fans will also see a difference in the apes as it will be the first time, apes will not be played by actors but rather be 100% Weta Digital technology (with the help of actor Andy Serkis).

Synopsis:  Set in present day San Francisco, man’s own experiments with genetic engineering leads to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

PG-13 / 110 min / 2D

Comic:  http://www.apescomics.com/prequel/page-01.html

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Twitter:  @apeswillrise

The Tunnel  Starring Bel Deliá, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis, Luke Arnold and Goran D. Kleut.  Written by Julian Harvey and Enzo Tedeschi.  Directed by Carlo Ledesma.

A low budget (as in AUD$135k) horror/thriller, The Tunnel, is an Australian documentary-style movie shot in a two week span in the abandoned underground tunnels of Sydney.  To finance the movie, writers/producers Harvey and Tedeschi used the 135k Project to raise money by selling individual digital frames for AUD$1 to any and all interested in investing in the film.  Unfortunately, the project received only AUD$36,000.  Nevertheless, production was completed, and it has been nominated and won awards including the Peoples Choice Awards at the 17th Annual AIMIA Awards and the Best Australian Award at A Night of Horror International Film FestivalThe Tunnel was released simultaneously at theaters, on TV, DVD and legally through BitTorrent.

Synopsis:  In 2007, the New South Wales government suddenly scrapped a plan to utilise the water in the disused underground train tunnels beneath Sydney’s St James Train Station.  In 2008, chasing rumours of a government coverup and urban legends surrounding the sudden backflip, investigative journalist Natasha Warner (Deliá) led a crew of four into the underground labyrinth.  They went down into the tunnels looking for a story – until the story found them.  This is the film of their harrowing ordeal.  With unprecedented access to the recently declassified tapes they shot in the claustrophobic subway tunnels, as well as a series of candid interviews with the survivors, we come face to face with the terrifying truth.  This never before seen footage takes us deep inside the tunnels bringing the darkness to life and capturing the raw fear that threatens to tear the crew apart, leaving each one of them fighting for their lives.

90 min

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/TheTunnelMovie

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/TheTunnelMovie

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